Oregon and Wisconsin in the Rose Bowl.

The No. 6 Oregon Ducks beat the No. 8 Wisconsin Badgers 28-27 in Wednesday’s Rose Bowl, but a crucial component of that came from a controversial offensive pass interference call late in the fourth quarter. Wisconsin trailed 28-27 with 3:56 left, but had the ball at their own 24. After an incomplete pass and a four-yard run from Jonathan Taylor, that left them facing third and six with just over three minutes left. The Badgers converted that on a Jack Coan pass to tight end Jake Ferguson, but receiver Danny Davis III was called for offensive pass interference:

Wisconsin head coach Paul Chryst was not happy:

Following that, Coan threw incomplete on third and 20, and the Badgers then punted. Oregon then sealed the game by picking up two first downs, the first on a pass from Justin Herbert to Mycah Pittman and the second on a Herbert pass to Juwan Johnson:

Of course, the one play didn’t necessarily decide this. Even if Wisconsin had converted that first down, they still might not have scored, and if they had scored, Oregon still might have been able to score again. And if the Badgers’ defense had been able to stop the Ducks, they still might have had a chance even after this play. And there were some plays in this game that perhaps loomed even larger, such as the Wisconsin punt attempt dropped and returned for a touchdown:

But on the day, Oregon finished with just 138 passing yards and 81 rushing yards, so turnovers and controversial calls were certainly a big part of their victory. And with that offensive pass interference call coming at such a crucial part of the game, it’s likely to be widely discussed in the days ahead.


About Andrew Bucholtz

Andrew Bucholtz has been covering sports media for Awful Announcing since 2012. He is also a staff writer for The Comeback. His previous work includes time at Yahoo! Sports Canada and Black Press.